Robert Kirkman has said that he thinks Walking Dead fans are now used to characters being killed off at any moment.
Viewers of tonight's second season finale saw Jimmy (James McCune) and Patricia (Jane McNeill) die following the deaths of Shane (Jon Bernthal) and Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) in the previous two episodes.
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Kirkman said that he believes the TV show has replicated the atmosphere of the original comics, telling Entertainment Weekly: "One of my favourite things about the show right now is, after these three episodes, we are in a mode where the audience is so used to characters going at any moment that they're almost surprised when people don't go. That's really cool. That's the atmosphere we've had going on in the comic book series for a long time, this feeling that anyone can go at any moment.
"You know, it's a dangerous world and it's a dangerous show and we're definitely going to be continuing that theme going into season three. The show's always kind of going to be a bloodbath."
Kirkman added that he thought Jimmy and Patricia were more than 'redshirts' brought into the show merely to be killed off, arguing: "They may not have gotten as much screen time as a Daryl Dixon or a Rick Grimes. But The Walking Dead is all about making these deaths emotional.
"I think when you see Beth's reaction you see that these are important deaths... they did inform just how dangerous that attack on the farm was, and they definitely served their purpose. So I wouldn't want to sell them short by throwing out 'redshirt' accusations."
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